Although small by city standards, Imbil is one of the largest towns in the Mary River Valley. What it lacks for in size, it certainly makes up for in tranquillity, beauty and good old country hospitality.
On the way one can’t help but notice all the various signs (some very funny and cheeky) about the proposed dam the government wants to build in this area. It was only after talking to the locals that we really appreciated the impact this would have on their lives. To support them and gain greater insight, please visit http://www.savethemaryriver.com/
The town was established due to a strong timber industry. To find out more about the town and the surrounding area, stop at the Information Centre next to the railway. To locate it, be on the lookout for the “timber cutter” statue. This statue was carved by local artist Keith Gall from a single piece of local timber.
Lake Borumba is the hotspot for leisure activities in the area. It was built in 1964 across the Yabba Creek and has a surface area of 500 hectares. When full, it holds 33 300 mega litres and is utilised mainly for irrigation purposes. It is also a great spot for a picnic, barbecue or a swim. Those of you, who like fishing, will be glad to hear that the lake is home to Golden Perch, Australian Bass, Saratoga and the endangered Mary River Cod. All forms of recreational boating are allowed on the lake. No camping is allowed on the lake shore, but just a few minutes down the road, immediately below the dam wall, there is a lovely camp ground.
For accommodation in town you can choose between various B&B’s or camping grounds on the banks of the Yabba River. We chose to stay at Borumba Deer Park (http://www.borumbadeerpark.com/) just out of town. There are heaps of good camping spots amongst the trees, onsite caravans or cabins to choose from. All facilities were clean and well maintained. It is a good spot to bring the family to as there are daily feeding of the deer at 4pm. The kids really enjoy this.
When the weather tends to be on the warm side and you don’t feel like driving up the road to Lake Borumba, the stream flowing through the property comes in very handy. After some rain it flows strongly, so do take along the floaties for a leisurely ride down stream.
Every Sunday the town comes alive for the Imbil Country Markets held from 9am on the greens along the main street. When in town do visit the local bakery, browse through the antique shop or sample some of the fine fare at the Railway Hotel. You could also take a stroll along the historic Timberman’s Walk and drop in on the Museum. Be sure to visit the Imbil Lookout to marvel at this beautiful part of the world.
Through out the year Imbil plays host to some exciting events like the Australian Rally circuit (June) and the Mary Valley Show and Rodeo (August). We are definitely looking forward to visiting this beautiful town again.